COMPASSIONATE CARE MODEL
At Alo House, we developed what we call The Compassionate Care Model® of dual diagnosis treatment.
Through research and experience, we found that connection is the single most important key to motivate people to want to participate in their recovery and change their lives.
We pride ourselves on creating and maintaining an environment that is not only effective, but supportive, loving, and healing. We believe this treatment philosophy provides our clients with the greatest chance for a new life after addiction.
The Fundamentals of Our Compassionate Care Model
Our Compassionate Care Model is an effective method for addiction and mental health treatment. Our therapists and all our staff are trained and encouraged to interact with our clients with respect and authenticity, always making sure to protect the dignity of everyone they encounter.
The staff members at Alo House, rather than telling our clients the solutions to their current struggles, provide them the opportunity and insight they need to discover it themselves.
This empowering approach is always carried out with genuine care and concern, as we believe shame and judgment are counterproductive to growth and healing, and the research has proven this to be true.
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Another key practice of The Compassionate Care Model is to treat our clients with understanding and patience and to hold a safe space for them to go through the treatment process and discover themselves.
Too often, addiction is treated with force, contempt, and punishment — methods that modern research has proven to be ineffective.
We acknowledge our clients’ struggles by addressing the roots of their feelings of shame, disconnection, and loneliness, as we know this is often the cause of addiction.
The Importance of Connection in the Compassionate Care Model
Our motto is “connection, not control.” We don’t need rules to hold our clients; instead, we engage with them, and hold them with our genuine care and concern.
This is the spirit by which we do everything we do. Connection Not Control® is the central tenet of The Compassionate Care Model.
We believe that addiction can be attributed to, and is marked by, a fundamental sense of disconnection that many of us experience in the modern-day world. We adhere to the belief that engaging with others and being a part of a loving community is essential for all people, especially those seeking recovery.
We practice non-judgement and shame-free communication, never arguing or using confrontation.
Above all, it is our mission to treat our clients with dignity and kindness, showing them the support, connection, and love they need to feel free and thrive.
Then, instead of using addiction as a strategy to change the current moment of life, clients are taught healthy ways to embrace their lives and feel fulfilled.
What the Compassionate Care Model Looks Like
Alo House Recovery Centers implements many addiction treatment modalities when working with our clients.
Evidence-Based Practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy are two methods that have proven to be effective in providing our clients with the insight they need to understand the correlation between what they are experiencing inside and how it translates externally.
Through a process called Motivational Interviewing, therapists work with our clients to explore and resolve their ambivalence to change.
This process is oriented around the client’s goals and provides them the opportunity to recognize the discrepancy between their current behavior and their aspirations, resulting in their ability to discover opportunities for positive change on their own accord.
In doing this, clients will often re-discover passions that once brought them joy or find completely new passions to explore and nurture.
But more than any one specific therapeutic modality, it is the therapeutic bond that contributes to effective and positive change. This has been proven in the research, and it is entire premise upon which our program was developed.
In all we do, it is our desire to provide an environment that spurs lasting change for our clients. We believe the road to recovery is profound and transformative.
Each step toward healing leads to a new sense of self, and a life in which self-improvement occurs each and every day.